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May has been a good month for KPOP! There were a lot of comebacks from well known groups/artists so I thought of listing down my top 5 favorite releases of the month (excluding Unnies – Right).
5. iKON – Bling Bling
iKON is finally back, with a new image and even new names for some members. It seems YG is trying to reboot the group! This song is very catchy, very hip hop, but they’ve had better songs in the past. I liked Winner’s comeback last month better. But still – this makes it to the Top 5 for sure!
4. Urban Zakapa – Alone
Oh man, the lyrics to this song just hits me. I have nothing else to say. Let me hide under my sheets while I listen to the song again.
3. Roy Kim – Suddenly
Roy Kim is back with blonde hair – but his voice is still as soothing as ever. I just love the Spring feel to this song.
2. Nam Taehyun (South Club) – Hug Me
I am so happy Taehyun left Winner (and YG) – not because I didn’t want him there – but because I love the music of South Club. And his voice fits this genre better! It’s so good even YG promoted the song on his Instagram.
1. SEVENTEEN – Don’t Wanna Cry
OK, call me basic for putting this on top but I just love the way this song was put together – even if it sounds a bit like The Chainsmokers’ Closer (which I hate). I give props to KPOP acts who bring something new to the table! The choreography also fits the song very well. This song has been on repeat the past two days and I’m not yet tired of it. These guys could give EXO and BTS a run for their money!
What’s your favorite KPOP song for the month? Let me know in the comments!
I’m sorry for the long break – it has exactly been a week since my last post. I attended a wedding of a friend in Boracay last week, so that disrupted my blogging schedule. It was a lovely wedding by the beach – and I got to meet up with old friends. We had a good time, swimming during the day, and drinking in the evening!
We stayed at the White House Boracay, which was right beside the venue of the wedding. I was able to get some good rates from Agoda (over 50% off normal rates) so it was a snatch! There are also some good bars beside this hotel that offer great happy hour deals such as Sur and Two Seasons’ Bar Lo.
Swimming at high noon!
Reunion with my old teammates at work!
The best four-cheese pizza in the PH at Bar Lo Two Seasons!
The wedding was held at Sea Wind in Station 1. Look at how the place was set-up for the ceremony!
The lovely set-up!
The lovely bride with her parents
The wedding reception was definitely the highlight of that weekend – with overflowing alcohol and 90s to early 2000s music. It was the best wedding party I’ve ever attended! These are some of my most alcoholic friends and there was a time when we came to Boracay yearly to celebrate Labor Day weekend, so this was really quite a reunion.
Group photo with the groom before the night got crazy!
To be honest, I normally don’t like weddings, but this one was just so simple, casual, and very intimate. It was very personal and focused really on the couples versus the formalities of a traditional wedding. It’s fair to say that everyone went home either drunk or contented. Surprisingly enough, I woke up the next day without any hangover!
Cheers to #DeeNewlyWeds!
I have been to Boracay several times, and it’s always been the White Beach area from Station 2 to Station 1. This time, I ended up on the other side of Boracay because I was looking for a cheap place to stay in for a night.
And I think I just found a treasure.
In the other side of Boracay lies a beach that’s a lot quieter, more relaxed, and is a different picture from its more famous counterpart. I stayed at The Lazy Dog Bed & Breakfast, which was equally charming.
The Lazy Dog
All I needed was a bed for a night while waiting for my friends to arrive the next day. Their dorm bed costs only 575 pesos (all-in) for one night including breakfast. Considering how lovely the place is, it’s totally worth it. You could literally just chill and be lazy in there.
Look how peaceful this place is!
I loved the open restaurant
Enjoying my happy hour in peace.
Since this place is on the other side of Boracay, you have to take a tricycle if you want to go to White Beach…or walk the mile if you don’t mind the heat. This area of Boracay reminds me of Vietnam’s small alleys – there’s a lot of hip places popping up in the area such as coffee shops, bars, and more unique hostels. I would have loved to stay longer, with friends this time! I’ll definitely come back and stay here again.
Lazy Dog: Free petting, I don’t bite!
Have you ever been to Boracay? If you haven’t you should! It’s not perfect but it’s one of the best places to escape to! And happy hour is a must!